There are many reasons to love May; Bank Holidays warm spring sunshine, lighter evenings, blossom and last but not least, Star Wars Day. Whilst the other reasons are self-explanatory, the endless popularity of Star Wars can be somewhat confounding. For those of you into Intergalactic Finance, the series is worth more than Harry Potter and James Bond combined, (i.e. nearly $10 billion) for a story which in essence features friendship, toys, gadgets, a lonely kid and a weird sister-brother relationship! Whether you grew up with the original Star Wars trilogy in the late 70’s, got sucked in during the prequel trilogy (1999 – 2005) or have just joined the force with the recent trilogy (2015) the series seems to be universally loved. But what is so addictive about this influential saga?
For some it is a nostalgia thing – many of us remember it as the first sci-film we watched (even if it was from behind the safety of the sofa!). How many Jedi Knights vs Sith Lord battles did you re-enact as a kid? With its tough, rebellious political and military female leader, Princess Lea is certainly not your average helpless princess in a flouncy dress and appeals to the feminist in us. It is also way more than a series of stories about good versus evil, and heroism overcoming the odds. Perhaps it’s its eternal relevance, as Michael Rundle, former editor of Wired writes; “It is there to warn us about the dangers of Fascism, to chide us for our greed, and remind us of the need for patience, balance with nature, and friendship.”
Remember Yoda’s wise words ‘Do, or Do Not; there is no Try’? How many of us have been known to repeat that as a mantra? Or, as Nick Pino puts it in Tech Radar “You can learn more about courage and standing up for what’s right from an old hermit and a little green puppet in six hours than most ethics courses can teach you over a semester in college.” Whether you’re a 12 year old, or a grown-up it is universally epic and brings out the big kid in us all – I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to be a Jedi?
For all you Star Wars junkies, counting the days until the next instalment (Star Wars: The Last Jedi due out December 2017 just in case you don’t know) why not get your fix at Madame Tussaud’s Star Wars Experience? With 11 immersive walk-in sets capturing iconic moments you can come face to face with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Yoda and Luke Skywalker. See it without the crowds at our VIP evening Madame Tussauds After Dark.